MR. CLIFFORD W. STEELE OF CARMEL, NEW YORK, was born to a dog show family. His parents were Boxer breeders and his father, Charles Steele, was a professional handler. Mr. Steele showed his first dog in 1972 at a Boxer specialty in Chicago. In 1980, he began working for the legendary professional handling duo of Robert and Jane Forsythe. He worked for them for approximately one year until they retired and then went to work for Ted Young, Jr. for three and a half years. In 1985, Mr. Steele established his own all-breed handling business and later added a boarding kennel in 1989. He was first licensed by the American Kennel Club to judge Junior Showmanship in 2000. This is his first judging assignment at Westminster.